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Contemporary Development Practice

Through flagship programs such as the Coalitions for Change in the Philippines, the Foundation has been at the forefront of cutting-edge thinking on governance in development for some years. Active in Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) Community of Practice, Foundation staff across the region are recognized for their political acumen and ability to navigate local political economies to achieve policy and program goals. At the same time, we are making important contributions to the development of techniques for adaptive management. Our approach to Strategy Testing is drawn upon by global development practitioners as a practical and effective tool to support informed changes and the better application of monitoring and evaluation. The Foundation’s portfolio of thought leadership and the practical application of techniques of politically-smart adaptive programming continues to grow.

Coalitions for Change

July 19, 2021


Coalitions for Change (CfC) is a program under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and The Asia Foundation partnership in the Philippines. CfC’s support for local leaders and organizations has helped introduce policy reforms that improve the lives of Filipinos. The program uses the Development Entrepreneurship approach and provid… Read more


Thinking and Working Politically, a Conversation with Jaime Faustino

July 22, 2020

Blog Post

Since early 2012, The Asia Foundation’s Coalitions for Change project in the Philippines has been rocking the emerging discipline of “thinking and working politically,” which is…what, exactly? In a new book, Jaime Faustino answers that question with a tale of strange bedfellows, unexpected obstacles, and astonishing solutions.


Nepal’s Transition to Federalism: A Behavioral Approach

December 18, 2019

Blog Post

In Nepal, the transition to federalism that began with elections in 2017 has been frustratingly incomplete. While fingers reflexively point to lack of resources or political will, the authors suggest that deep-seated mechanisms of human behavior may be thwarting the popular desire for change.